Well, glad they finally got that settled.
Craig Biggio will return for his 20th season with the Astros in 2007. He will be the 24th player ever to play for the same franchise in 20 or more seasons, and the other 23 are pretty good company. 19 are in the Hall of Fame. 2 more probably already have their induction speeches written and will be giving them next summer.
20+ seasons with the same franchise:
|Carl Yastrzemski||Red Sox||1961-1983||23||1989|
|Ted Lyons||White Sox||1923-1946||21||1955|
|Luke Appling||White Sox||1930-1950||20||1964|
|Red Faber||White Sox||1914-1933||20||1964|
*-Trammell is still on the ballot, but was only named on 17.7% of ballots last year
**-Gwynn and Ripken will be eligible on the 2007 ballot, and if they don't get in that year, I can only assume congress will demand that the Baseball Writers Association of America undergo testing for performance inhibiting drugs.
It's an impressive list of players there, but not one of them was hit by a pitch more than 94 times (Ty Cobb's total). That's only 2 more plunks than Biggio had just at the Astrodome. Walter Johnson hit an impressive 203 batters, but he only got hit 13 times.